Storybox club – create a story in a shoe box. Each child can choose their favourite story and re-create it in a shoe box – changing the story if they wish. Or, simply create a small world scene in a shoe box. Read our blog post: Creating the world of a book in a story box for detailed instructions.
Make a Roald Dahl Dream Jar – a great club for literacy week or to celebrate Roald Dahl and all his stories. Click here for information and detailed instructions.
Photography club – budding photographers could get out and about around school photographing the school garden or wildlife. Why not add a webcam to a bird box and see what happens? Share this with the whole school. Incorporate into a children’s version of the school newsletter (mentioned further down!)
Cooking club – make biscuits, pizza muffins, fruit kebabs etc. There are many free recipe ideas, videos and resources available at www.eathappyproject.com. Make frozen yogurt and fresh fruit lollies and sell them at snack time in the summer months.
Science club – perform simple science experiments for the children to observe and get involved in. Try: ‘Popping rockets’ (view the blog here for instructions), ‘Erupting Lava’, make sticky putty, go outside and create a mento geyser, make a tornardo and fountain inside a water bottle, grow crystals. Demonstrate micro-organisms at work. How clean are your hands and the surfaces of your classroom? Use special glitter bug gel or powder. Ask the students to rub the gel on their hands. The students wash and dry their hands as normal. When placed under a UV lamp any areas not washed properly will show up – as if by magic! Ask children to record findings and reasons for what has taken place. Plant seeds in CD cases. Always think safety and wear goggles, gloves and white jackets where appropriate. View our Science experiments blog post here.
Choir/Singing club – calling all singers and entertainers! Enter your school to perform at Young Voices – the largest school choir concert in the world – held each year. The club could also perform Christmas carols at your school’s Christmas fair or perhaps at an old folk’s home.
Hama beads – super simple and helps with fine motor skills. Make Pokémon balls, Minecraft shapes. The possibilities are endless, particularly with all the shapes available to use. Ebay is the best place for these!
Craft club – from beaded name zippers to egg box flowers, choose a craft to suit the age. Air dry clay modelling – make one week, paint the next. Mini canvases make a great starting point – provide paints, collage items and glue and let the children create mini masterpieces. Make Pom Pom critters or peg dolls – click here for instructions.
Film club – a simple movie with snacks makes a very popular after school club. Donations of £2 per child could be requested which would include a drink and snack. Any proceeds could go to school funds or other after school activities.
Board games club – children love to pay games, but with so many now choosing electronic devices over good old fashioned board games, it is great to encourage them time to put their ipads/tablets aside and have a more communal experience! Snakes and Ladders, UNO, Monopoly (and many others) can be great fun and educational too!
Story telling club – grab a large comfy chair and make a comfortable area for the children with rugs and bean bags. Use the Mr P crackling fire on the projector idea! – perfect for winter time. Settle down for a classic story. Great, especially if there is no time in the day for story time. Perhaps make a pretend camp fire one week with a glowing centre and all sit around that? Or, weather permitting, sit outside. Perhaps the head teacher could read a story one week and have other ‘guest’ readers!
Drama club – encourage confidence and individualism by created a drama club. Put on an end of term show for the school and parents of the children involved.
School newsletter – encourage budding reporters and photographers. Use and gain IT skills to put together a monthly newsletter that children have created. Interview children, teachers and parents. Create articles about recent school visits or residentials.
Colouring club – children can draw their own patterns or pictures to colour or use pre-printed sheets to. Twinkl are great for printable activities!
Loom band club – if the children are particularly good at these, perhaps they could be sold at summer or Christmas fairs – proceeds going to school funds or put back into after school club funds.
International diversity club – cook recipes from around the world – ask teachers or parents from other countries to help here. Watch BBC videos/DVDs on other locations and cultures – ‘Wild China’ and ‘Incredible India’ are good ones.
Animation club – Have you heard of Scratch? View our blog on how it works here. Teach basic animation techniques, including how to animate still photos (iPads have software that do this along with free apps such as PicFlow).
Rapid Maths club – additional help and support with timetables perhaps? Make it fun and play lots of games. Check out our Maths blogs here.
Letter writing club – create partnerships with schools in other countries – email them first, use friends or relatives who may work in schools in other countries – use your links! Children can then write to the pupils in other schools – perhaps sending photographs of their work if they like.
Sign language club – if you have someone who knows sign language why not pass on some simple words? View our Finger spelling blog here.
Business club – ask parents to come in and talk about their roles at work – police officers, firefighters, nurses and doctors make good examples, but there are all kinds of jobs children may not have heard of too.
Pet club – Visit the PDSA website and education centre for free resources. Does your school have a pet hamster, gerbil or guinea pig? Perhaps now is the time to get one. This club would see the children cleaning their cages, playing with them and learning how to look after them. Being around and caring for animals has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s wellbeing.
Sports club – football, rugby, cricket, rounders, or just simple sports day type games – 3 legged races, skipping, quoits, hurdles etc.
Classroom door decorating club! – See our Pinterest board for some lovely ideas and inspiration!
Reading Rockets club – children simply enhance their reading skills by having a dedicated time to sit quietly and read with support if required. Children could read aloud to each other too if they wish. Read our blog post with 13 ideas to get children reading.
Swimming club – perhaps you may be able to develop links with a local pool.
Den building club – fantastic if you have a forest school or suitable outdoor area, but can also take place indoors. Provide resources such as crates, cardboard boxes, sticks, planks, material and pegs. Consider whether you have contacts with rangers or outdoor adventure loving parents who may like to help.
Stone painting club – Children can collect their own stones. Use markers pens or acrylic paint – use ‘Mod Podge’ glue to seal. Smaller children could use felt tips.
With thanks to Charlotte Parry and our teacher contributors for the ideas in this post.